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Gary Pagan Subject Matter Expert MITRE

Mom wanted Gary Pagan to become a doctor; instead he became cryptology specialist for the U.S. military. Pagan received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and statistics from the Stony Brook University. During his first job at Eaton Cutler Hammer’s electric distribution division, while placing information in a database, Pagan recognized his affinity for computers and applied to and was hired by The MITRE Corporation. There he supported the Defense Information Systems Agency on the Defense Messaging System, while completing a mas- ter’s degree in engineering management at George Washington University. He worked on a variety of defense-oriented programs for the next few years before joining a small company to be its federal sales manager. Pagan then returned to MITRE as part of the team on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol modeling and simulation project, and later the DHS Science and Technology directorate Improvised Explosive Device program. His proudest professional achievement has been working for the U.S. Air Force Cryptologic Systems Group (CPSG), when “I helped create the first wireless crypto key-loading devices to support the F-22 (jet fighter) program.”

Anthony Oporto Computer Scientist Naval Research Lab (NRL)

Anthony Oporto is the second member of his family to work in the U.S. Naval Research Labora- tory. His grandfather, who showed Anthony as a child how to program a Texas Instrument TI-99 computer, was a mechanical engineer at

the NRL. That influenced Oporto, who says he studied computer science because it offered opportunities and programming was enjoyable. At the NRL, Oporto is engaged in database and software design to supports integrating the next evolution of the domain name service (DNS) into the networking infrastructure, and supporting a laboratory-wide 10 Gigabit Ethernet network. He is proud that he rewrote NRL’s host registration soft- ware, as the old version was written in AWK, an interpreted programming language, and SED scripts, and he converted them into PERL, and added IPv6 support to the registration system. IPv6 is the newest version of the Internet Protocol designed to succeed Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). Oporto says the next big thing in software is DNS security extensions that protect the DNS server from attacks such as DNS cache poisoning. That’s a computer attack in which bad data is inserted into an ISP. Oporto earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the Uni- versity of Maryland, College Park, Md., and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.

Elizabeth Stephens Research Scientist

Pacific Northwest National Labs

Elizabeth Stephens is a member of the Energy Materials Group at PNNL. Her research extends from fundamental science to applied studies in conjunction with Department of Energy projects that focus on lightweight, high-strength material

applications and enabling energy technologies. Stephens’ experience in- cludes joining of dissimilar materials, metals formability, material character- ization and performance, corrosion, and microscopy. Her work is grounded by her understanding of associated automotive, truck, aerospace, and

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other industrial manufacturing technologies and her lab experience, with emphasis on experimental test design and methods. Stephens wrote or co- authored 10 journal articles, 10 conference proceedings and 30 technical reports internal to the client. She has received numerous awards including a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer in 2010; a PNNL Scientific and Technical Achievement Recognition Award in 2008; a HENAAC Most Promising Engineer National Award in 2007; and a Washington State Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Award in 2007. In 1998, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Washington.

Maria Luna Scientist II

Pacific Northwest National Labs

Maria Luna didn’t take no for an answer when it came to satisfying her curiosity, or building a career in research. As a member of the Separations and Mass Spectrometry group, at Pacific Northwest National Labs Biological, she focuses on proteomics

and metabolomics technologies for the biomedical and modern biological research community. She seeks to understand the interactions and cellular response of bacterial, viral, and cancer diseases that will help find new drug targets for therapeutic interventions or alternative vaccines. Luna takes pride in working on projects for the detection and decontamination of biological and chemical warfare agents, environment decontamination of radioactivity, and doing research into therapeutic or alternative medications for rare or fatal diseases. She says that “throughout my life many have said ‘do what you love, work hard for your dreams, and never give up.’ However, this verse is what motivates me on a daily basis: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ (Philippians 4:13).” Luna is the only one of eight children of a migrant family to attend college: She earned an associate degree in chemistry from Columbia Basin College, two Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry from Eastern Washington University, and is study- ing for a master’s degree in management/project management form the University of Phoenix.

Daniel Chavarria Research Scientist

Pacific Northwest National Labs

At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Chavarria-Miranda’s speciality is high performance computing and he has served as a team leader and group leader in that division. His research interests include parallel and distributed systems, compilers for high-performance and parallel computing, reconfigurable computing, programming languages, interactions of architectural features with software systems. He earned his doctoral degree and master’s degree in science in computer science from Rice University, Computer Science. Chavarria-Miran- da has also worked as a co-principal investigator of the Center for Adaptive Supercomputing Software – MultiThreaded Architectures , which conducts research on the use of multithreaded architectures for non-traditional parallel applications. He has an institutional PI for the DOE Office of Science Center for Technology for Advanced Scientific Component Software as well as for the Center for Scalable Parallel Programming Models and participated in designing and developing key portions of Rice University’s dHPF research compiler. A prolific writer, he has published 35 papers in his field, and has collaborated on at least eight others. Chavarria-Miranda also has a master’s degree in computer science from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Su- periores de Monterrey, Mexico, and a bachelor’s degree in the same subject from the Universidad de Costa Rica.

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